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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Stripes for Summer: women's fashion trend

2010's infatuation with military fashion was heavily influenced by army and air force styling, meaning naval influenced pieces hardy got a look in. As the military trend winds down for spring 2011, we turn to new influences - but that doesn't mean the nautical shall be overlooked entirely. For those fashionisers who are nautically inclined, Spring 2011 still has something in store. Don't think of it strictly as a nautical military trend, however. Rather, in 2011, it's the classic navy and white colour palette, worn as dominant stripes.

The Style

Note that I didn't say bold stripes, but dominant stripes. While navy and white stripes are a must for the look (though black and white can also work in 2011), the real key to Summer's take on nautical stripes is that they dominate the outfit. While they do so in the below look easily (though the plum Doc Martens still seem somewhat heavy), in other outfits it's about drawing attention to the stripes above all else in the outfit.

As an illustration of the point be sure to look at the inspiration pictures below; while most looks rely on bold stripes, you'll see that the trend is just as effective when the stripes are thin. Hence for Summer 2010 look for dominant stripes, not necessarily bold ones.

The Pieces To Wear in 2011

Don't think of this Summer stripes just as a clothing trend: you can work them into any part of an outfit (just not all at once, please). As you'll see in the inspiration gallery stripes can dominate an outfit in everything from hats to killer mini-dresses.
2011's return of bell bottoms - a style which originated with the sailor pants of the US navy - also presents the perfect opportunity for creating nautical ensembles. And of course a striped top with flares is a combination that also lends itself to a perfectly 70s inspired look.

To Nautical Or Not To Nautical?

While Summer's navy and white striped fashion trend isn't a true take on navy inspired fashion, it's likely to appeal to those who are in to the nautical aesthetic. If that's you and you're after some inspiration look to Anja Rubik's sailor inspiration from the June 2010 issue of Vogue Korea. The shoot utilises the season's stripe trend in the form of a dominant blazer, but takes the nautical motifs to far less subtle proportions.


The natural inclination for layering nautical pieces in an outfit is to do so with complimentary colours (read 'navy and white'). And I can't fault that logic. It's the easy option. But may I offer up one piece of inspiration that differs from the safe? Clashes of stripes with other patterns or prints, for example this shot of Nataliya Piro in Cosmopolitan magazine mixing (admittedly non-dominant) stripes with florals. The stripes don't dominate, but in a crowded room the look certainly will.

Spring 2011 fashion trends: Spring / Summer 2011

Sophisticated 70s: women's trend

We all want that vintage vibe in our wardrobe. That essence of an era gone by. And we want to cherry pick the sleekest, sexiest, and most stylish looks from it. In recent years we've worn the best of the 20s and 30s, seen the rebirth and fading of an 80s come back, and we're just about to do it all again. But this time, its the 1970s that are due for a reinterpretation.
While '70s fashion is making waves and sure to continue on as a fashion trend in 2011, let's not forget that there are several variants. And you know what that means; all the more ways to get lots of wear out of your key seventies pieces, by taking them from '70s boho to a more sophisticated '70s look.

70s sophisticate: the look

There's an underlying confidence to this trend that's key. Even the more demure looks need to be carried off with an air of sexuality and a sort of defiant independence. There's a boldness. It's in the addition of that floppy felt hat, those exotic jewels, that super-high pair of platforms. At night time the hint can snowball into a statement: think Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 in a slinky gown, ivory cigarette holder in hand, and you've got the picture. Read on for tips for both day and night time looks.

70s sophistication by day

By day it's all about clean yet voluminous silhouettes, and earthy '70s colour palettes. Look for:
  • High waisted wide-leg pants or flares, smartly belted in.
  • Neat bow-blouses, especially ones with billowing or bishop sleeves. Particularly great are fabrics like silk and satin.
  • Roll neck sweaters tucked into pants or skirts. Add to the '70s effect by layering over beaded necklaces or a vest.
  • For those more daring, a pair of hot pants are the ultimate '70s item.
  • A smart printed jumpsuit is another great alternative.

70s sophistication by night

By night the '70s sophisticate turns into the ultimate socialite, with look-at-me shimmering fabrics and cuts that either tightly hug or sensually drape over the body.
  • Choose high sheen fabrics with a '70s disco-inspired edge, like lurex or silk; anything with a metallic thread.
  • Add a ruffled neckline under a brocade blazer or tuxedo jacket, paired with a sharp pair of pants.
  • Long, slinky gowns with draping, low necklines or dress slits are the ultimate in '70s night time glamour.

Accessorising a sophisticated '70s look

Accessories are key when it comes to creating a '70s look. Some things to keep in mind:
  • The right handbag completes a look. Try for smart, high quality bags like a leather satchel for day, and a small bag with a long strap for night.
  • Big, statement leather belts slung over mini skirts or maxi dresses add impact and fair to a seventies-inspired outfit.
  • A pair of on-trend thigh high boots are probably already be in your wardrobe by now - pair them with hot pants or a skirt for a decidedly sexed-up yet sophisticated '70s look.
  • Wear lots of jewellery - but keep it a little cleaner than for a boho look. Try lots of rings with bold stones, neat piles of bangles, and long pendant necklaces and strings of beads.
  • Look to complimentary hairstyles like a sleek longer bob, masses of bouncy curls, or long, flowing hair.

The New IT girl Mila Kunis

Courtesy of W Magazine
Mila Kunis didn't dance much before she took her critically acclaimed role in "Black Swan" and she will probably never dance again, Hollywood's latest "it" girl tells W magazine's March issue. In it, she looks daringly sexy in a Chanel silk tulle organza coat with feather collar and sleeves, and Eres silk bra.

After listening to her tales of woe, we may never dance again either.

"I trained for four months, seven days a week, five hours a day. I had one day off on my birthday. I lost 20 pounds. I tore a ligament. I dislocated my shoulder," Kunis told the mag. "I have two scars on my back. And it was worth every minute. But I will never dance again... I was like, 'well I wear heels; I can do this.' I was wrong: Christian Louboutins are uncomfortable, but I screamed the first time I put on a pointe shoe."

Kunis isn't taking her newfound role as an industry darling for granted. She has weathered tough times in Hollywood, even before she had to kiss Ashton Kutcher all the time on "That 70s Show."

"I was on 'Baywatch' twice. The second time, I played a blind girl who's lost in the forest
next to the beach and needs to be saved," she recalls. "It was absurd: There's a fire, I get saved, and then I go boogie-boarding. I remember thinking, Well, if I'm blind, how am I boogie-boarding? No one ever gave me an answer."
Now that she's made it, there is no turning back. For awhile, Kunis admits to the mag, she tried college, but the commute made her drop out.

"During the show, I had attempted to go to college, but I realized that the traffic in L.A. made it too difficult for me to go to school at 6 a.m. and be back at work at 10 a.m. I asked my parents if it was okay if I dropped out. They said 'okay, you can defer until after your contract with 'That '70s Show' ends,'" Kunis says. "And then it ended. I realized for the first time that I couldn't imagine doing anything else. So I had to make acting a career -- to make smart choices instead of choices made for fun."

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The NEW Wonder Woman

 Adrianne Palicki has been tapped to star as the title character in the pilot for NBC’s new “Wonder Woman.”
The show, based on the DC Comic character, is about Diane Prince (Palicki), who balances her life being a crime fighter and a successful corporate executive.
Palicki, who was on “Friday Night Lights,” can next be seen in the remake of Red Dawn.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Diane von Furstenberg RTW Fall 2011

There’s much to be said for professional self-awareness. Even on the front end of her still-new collaboration with co-designer Yvan Mispelaere, Diane von Furstenberg possesses it in abundance, which is why she opened and closed her fall show with wrap looks. As she also knows the value of constant motion, those were tweaked for newness: the first, a gaucho jumpsuit spin on the house classic; the last, a divine sequined diva gown.

Both strong takes, for sure. But then, von Furstenberg and Mispelaere were inspired by strong women they consider “American Legends,” specifically Millicent Rogers, Diana Vreeland and Gloria Vanderbilt. Before the show, von Furstenberg said that meant runway explorations of “rodeo, editor in chief and society lady.” The emphasis was definitely on the first part of the equation, showing up in bold Aztec patterns, major fringe and all sorts of gaucho accents. More clearly citified inspirations were revealed in some smart coats, sportif layerings and racy printed pajamas “like the ones I used to wear to Studio 54,” von Furstenberg offered.

Those prints were just part of the fabric interest; the collection also featured high-impact fabric plays, colorblocking, shots of lamé and some interesting, young embroideries. While at times the visual bravado veered toward excess, at its best — for example, a jacket, shirt and pants in a mesmerizing mix of blues or an inventively bejeweled column — it delivered a sassy take on chic.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Camille Grammer Discusses Her Sexless, Cuddle-Free Marriage to Kelsey

In a candid interview on 'The Joy Behar Show,' Camille Grammer opened up about the end of her marriage to Kelsey. The soon-to-be divorcee claimed the two had not been intimate for over two years prior to their separation.

"I think we had a really good run of it. We were together for 14 years... What went wrong? I don't know. We didn't agree politically on everything," she laughed.

Joy then asked Camille about her "sexless" marriage to Kelsey, something she mentioned on 'The View' earlier in the day Monday.

"We tried, we just didn't mesh sexually," she admitted. "We weren't intimate, no."

The talk show host asked Camille who was to blame for the lack of chemistry in the boudoir, to which the 42-year-old former Playmate responded, "It could be both.... But (it was) more on his end."

Camille said she misses intimacy, and considers it "a really important part of a marriage."

"I love cuddling, (but) we didn't even do that. He was too busy watching 'Fox News.' He didn't even want to cuddle," she said.

The reality TV starlet has said she does believe she can find love again, but right now she's focused on raising her two children and finalizing her divorce with the 'Frasier' star.

Rihanna Confirms Topless Pics of Her Are Real

A few years back some scandalous photos of a woman appearing to be Rihanna surfaced on the web. While many assumed the pictures to be real, confirmation was never obtained. Until now.

Thanks to an inquisitive tweet from a breathless fan, we now know the topless pics seemingly depicting Rihanna are actually her.

Earlier today, a Rihanna fan who goes by @PinaRihanna tweeted to her idol, "Heeey boo! What is thiss?" and linked to the sultry photo. Despite the fact @PinaRihanna sends tweets to Rihanna on an almost hourly basis, this one caught the pop star's attention, prompting a reply.

"That would be... ME" Rihanna confirmed, adding, "when I was skinny!"
Mystery solved. Looks like the world owes a debt of gratitude to the tireless efforts of @PinaRihanna, who has since tweeted back at Rihanna 3,764 times.

'Glee' Cast Apologizes to Lindsay Lohan for Making Fun of Her

'Glee' Cast Apologizes to Lindsay Lohan for Making Fun of Her

By PopEater Staff  Posted Feb 1st 2011 04:40AM
Lindsay Lohan ran into cast of 'Glee' on Sunday and they were nice enough to go and apologize to her for making fun of the actress in an episode that aired last year. TMZ is reporting Lohan was out to dinner in West Hollywood and the cast (minus Lea Michele and Jane Lynch) walked up to Lohan and apologized to her for the jokes made where they referenced Lohan's frequent trips to rehab. The cast said that they did not mean to hurt her feelings and Lohan reportedly accepted their apology and everyone parted ways. In the episode, in which Gwyneth Paltrow guest starred in 'Glee,' her character, Spanish teacher Holly Holiday, referenced the actress in a lesson, asking, "Lindsay Lohan is totally crazy, right?"
Her character then asked her students in Spanish, "How many times has Lindsay Lohan been to rehab?" Apparently Lohan saw the show and wasn't too happy. Lindsay's mom Dina Lohan revealed, "Lindsay was watching it while in Betty Ford, then she called me and was upset and said, 'Why did she have to do that? Lindsay is so upset with Gwyneth." Dina went on to say, "We are the first to make fun of ourselves in our family. And Lindsay has even done 'SNL' a few times, but Gwyneth went overboard and it was unnecessary. Lindsay thought she was a friend and it was disappointing. It was really hard for her to watch... it was hurtful, not funny." Paltrow has so far refused to answer any questions about the Lohans or on the jokes made in the episode of the TV show.